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Easy Cold Appetizer Recipes: Ham and Eggplant Stuffed Peppers
➡️ Are you searching for easy cold appetizer recipes in 2023? Look no further because here you’ll find out how to make ham and eggplant stuffed peppers in 8 steps at home. You most certainly know that cold appetizers are very popular these days and you also had the opportunity to taste various recipes of this kind. But what about a cold starter that is not only incredibly tasty but also so attractive that it will cause a stir when you put it on the table?
➡️ In the United States, eggplant is less known as an ingredient for salad appetizers. Consequently, not many people know how to make an eggplant dip like the one shared on this page. Even if it seems complicated at first glance, I assure you that the roasted eggplant dip is fabulous and will help you make some of the best cold appetizers you’ve ever tasted! My easy cold appetizers recipe enables you to prepare stuffed bell peppers with eggplant salad, ham, and more simple and tasty ingredients.
➡️ My cold appetizer recipe is very simple and even quick, especially if you prepare the eggplant dip the night before. The ingredients are easy to find and the time spent in the kitchen is short, therefore it’s worth all the effort if you consider how tasty they will be and how the stuffed peppers will look on the plate. Learn below how to make ham and eggplant stuffed peppers busing an elegant cold appetizer recipe from scratch!
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How to Make Cold Eggplant Appetizers with Ham from Scratch
What ingredients do you need to make ham and eggplant stuffed peppers?
1) 1 kg/35 oz of eggplant for roasting
2) 500 g/17.5 oz of bell pepper for roasting
3) 8-10 small or medium-sized red bell peppers for stuffing
4) 8-10 large ham slices
5) some fresh parsley or dill leaves for garnishing
How to make ham and eggplant stuffed peppers from scratch?
1) roast eggplants and about 500 g/17.5 oz of bell peppers, then wait to cool and peel them off
2) prepare a cold pepper and eggplant salad with mayonnaise (like this roasted eggplant salad recipe) or another eggplant dip (see below)
3) cut red bell peppers just like in the video using a sharp knife
4) remove the stub and seeds from peppers with a tablespoon and pay attention to not perforating them
5) take a ham slice and place it into the red pepper to surround its inner part
6) hold the ham slice firm to not move and fill the pepper with 3-4 tablespoons of eggplant salad
7) garnish the cold ham and eggplant stuffed peppers with some dill or parsley leaves or to taste
8) put these cold appetizers in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving (recommended)
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Final Notes for the Ham and Eggplant Stuffed Peppers Recipe
➡️ Cold appetizer recipes are more and more popular nowadays all throughout the world. This is, probably, because people like to eat more refined foods and socialize at home with their friends.
➡️ Some of the most appreciated cold appetizers are stuffed peppers and tomatoes. This type of finger food is very easy to make and ready for serving in a short time. Also, these appetizers are simply delicious and don’t require advanced cooking skills to get perfect results. Hence, it’s not surprising that people prepare cold stuffed peppers and tomatoes with all kinds of stuffing.
➡️ Of course, there are lots of cold stuffed pepper variations. Some of the most often used fillings to make stuffed bell peppers are sweet cheese and roasted eggplant salad. Roasted eggplant salad or eggplant dip is among the favorite salad appetizers in many countries and especially in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
➡️ There are many types of roasted eggplant salad recipes. In this appetizer recipe, I’ve used a roasted pepper and eggplant salad recipe. Obviously, you can use any eggplant dip you like to make these cold stuffed bell peppers.
➡️ As for the ham, its use is not mandatory. However, I recommend following exactly the recipe because the results are extremely spectacular! Plus, these appetizers are very, very tasty! In this recipe, I used black pepper-coated pork ham. Of course, you can use any type of ham or salami you like. The only thing you should pay attention to is to use large slices that completely surround the inner part of the peppers.
➡️ In terms of serving, most of the time I make a separate plate with ham stuffed peppers because in this way they are more visible and attract all eyes. Of course, after your guests taste them, the plate empties quickly, so you should have another one on hand to replace it immediately!
➡️ Other times, I combine on the same platter this kind of stuffed peppers and yellow bell peppers stuffed with cream cheese. Needless to say, many other combinations are possible.
➡️ Enjoy making ham and eggplant stuffed peppers from scratch! For additional info, read more about different types of appetizers here!
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